Our Goal

Experience and Insight

The benefits from decades of working on stage and screen can now be yours.  Not abstract theory or textbook descriptions, but concrete working knowledge of how technique and training is applied in real world environments.  From starting as an actor in Off Broadway productions to dozens of Major Television roles and co-starring in Blockbuster films, I will share all my insight and help you on your journey to improve as an artist. 

Tools and Techniques

Whether you're seeking a career as an actor or just want to feel comfortable when addressing a crowd, one thing never changes.  You need skills that will help you to connect with your audience.  During our time together you will be given the tools and techniques that will assist you in clearly conveying emotion and ideas in any public setting.  From learning the basics to rehearsal to production, together we will work on steps that take you from amateur to professional. 

Skills and Confidence

True foundational learning is best when conducted in a "REAL WORLD" setting.  That will be our focus.

Terms like blocking, off book, eyeline, running lines, hitting beats, hitting marks, keeping continuity and playing the opposite sounds like a strange new language.  Daunting huh?  Now imagine dealing with all that in front of a hungry crew with cameras pointed at you, and everyone wants to go to lunch.  That's when the skills you learn from me kick in.  From our first session we will work for complete professionalism.  This will help you demystify the process and acquire the confidence to maneuver through any situation presented to you on set or stage.  


Meet your instructor

Maximiliano Hernandez has been a working actor for decades.  He began his career on stage in New York City before moving on to Film and Television.  His credits range from TV dramas like FX's The Americans, TNT's The Last Ship, Amazon's Hand Of God and Audience Network's Mr. Mercedes to critically acclaimed films like Sicario and Warrior.  He is primarily known for his role as Agent Jasper Sitwell in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Appearing in Thor, Marvel's: The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Endgame.  He also crossed into the Marvel Television world when he appeared in Marvel's: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 

Maximiliano is also President of The Ministry Filmworks.  A Film and Television production company that has turned out award winning short films,  music videos and will produce it's first feature film in late 2020.


The Program

So, how will this work? How do we get you on your creative journey?  Simple.  We go to work on both stage and in front of cameras.  The program will work on a two prong attack.   

ACTING FOR THE STAGE, builds basic skills and techniques that one can implement from Broadway to the boardroom.   Using exercises, theatre games and drills that connect mind, body and voice, you will have a solid foundation to move on to the second portion of the program.

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA, uses and fine tunes the skills acquired from the stage program and introduces lights and a camera crew.  Scenes are prepared, shot and edited so you can address issues, make adjustments and see progress in your performance.  

By addressing both skills in tandem you will be able to put newly acquired knowledge into practice and see immediate improvement in performances.  


The Commitment

Classes will be conducted on Mondays and Tuesdays from 7pm-9pm.  The course runs for 3 months beginning January 6th and concluding with an Actor's showcase on March 30th and a Student's film festival on March 31st.  Artists must commit to and complete all 3 months to participate in film screenings and stage performances.  

Placement is limited to 18 Artists. 

Adults +18 

Tuition is $400* per month.

It includes instruction in Acting for Stage and for Camera, edited footage of filmed scenes, demo reel of short film performances, seminars with Industry Professionals and Q&A's with Guest Artists. 

Register today! 

* bi-weekly payments available via Venmo only


This program is presented in Association with:


Corporate Sponsors

Thank you for funding Arts Education in Charleston!


Media Partner


Contact Us

Ready to Register? Have Questions?

We want to hear from you!  Click on the button below to submit your inquiry or to sign up for class.  If you would like to register for class please type the word REGISTER in the question box.  A representative will contact you to confirm placement and to let you know what you will need for class.  

Placement is limited to 18 Artist per 3 month session.  If a session is full, you can reserve space in the following cycle.  

Payments are conducted via PayPal and Venmo for safety and ease. 

The CharlestonMasterclass

Cannon Street Arts Center, 134 Cannon St. Charleston, South Carolina 29403


Dates and Times

ACTING FOR THE STAGE Mondays 7pm - 9pm

ACTING FOR THE CAMERA Tuesdays 7pm - 9pm

Session 1 January 6th - March 31st

Session 2 September 7th - November 24th

Private instruction by appointment only

Registration & Questions